What is a lesson plan?

When planning curriculum you are creating a big picture road map for an educational program.  This road map determines how students will interact in order to accomplish an outlined set of educational goals.  Lesson planning is similar to curriculum planning in the sense that you are still creating a road map, but unlike the road map created from curriculum planning the road map created from lesson planning is more specific.  A lesson plan outlines what students will learn and how they will learn it. The following three points are the main components of a lesson plan:

  • Objectives or desired outcomes
  • Evidence
  • Teaching/learning activities

Like when curriculum planning, it is most beneficial to use the backwards design process as you plan a lesson.